Posted: 10/05/2021

Product focus: Tea & coffee

With the COVID outlook becoming more positive and the warmer months on their way, it’s time to gear up for customers who will be looking to eat outside, and in larger groups. This week we take a look at tea and coffee.

Cafepod Coffee Co says it used consumer insights into evolving coffee tastes and “coffee moments” throughout the day to inform the development of its two new blends. The SW18 Daily Grind Blend and Brunch Blend are available in Nespresso-compatible pods, whole bean or ground formats all in new-look livery. RRP from £3 for 10 pods, £4.50 for 200g.

Black Hill, the latest blend from Dark Woods Coffee, has been specifically created for capsules. By blending speciality grade Arabicas with an Indian Robusta from the Harley Estate and tailoring the roast profile for pod brewing, Dark Woods says it has produced a rich and full-bodied espresso with notes of caramel, hazelnut and chocolate. RRP £5.95 for 10 capsules.

Land Girls is a new coffee brand on a mission to celebrate inspirational women in farming. Its first two products are Fairtrade coffees grown by female grower co-operatives in Indonesia and South America. Both are available in bean and ground format, with RRPs of £8.95 (Sumatran) and £8.50 (Peruvian) for 250g.

Retailers looking for gifting lines for tea drinkers should check out the Teaspec Lazy Go Travel Tumbler. This portable solution features a double-layered glass wall – not plastic – and a built in strainer to separate tea leaves from tea without over-steeping. It also comes with a sleeve and foil-lined quilted carrier to keep it warm. RRP £40.

After planting 1,150 Camellia sinensis v. sinensis tea bushes in 2016, Buittle Tea Garden is starting to produce limited quantities of peony tea made by processing the fine tips from the tea bushes. The Scottish tea garden sells a white and a rose version (mixed with scented rose petals) with an RRP of £15 (trade price £7.50) for 15g.

Bellevue Tea’s new tea bag range is sustainable through and through. The tea bag and inner pouch are made from biodegradable plant starch and wood pulp, while the packets are sustainably sourced cardboard printed with vegetable-based inks. There are four lines: Earl Grey, Scottish Blend, Peppermint and Sencha Green. RRP £19.95 for a pack of 100 bags.

SeaMoor Coffee, a coffee roastery established in April 2020, has just launched two blends that reflect its Peak District location. Limestone is a lightly roasted filter blend, named after the green hills and limestone drystone walls of the White Peak, and Gritstone is a slightly darker blend designed for espresso, and named after the gritstone outcrops and peaty moorland of the Dark Peak. Both are seasonally changing, balanced blends of the producer’s single origin coffees and are available in 500g bags (RRP £15).
SeaMoor focuses on single-origin coffees, sourced from ethical estates and smallholder farmers, and is constantly rotating the coffees available depending on seasonal availability. It is currently in the process of converting an old stone barn in Bradwell to enable expansion of the business.

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